Less kick-and-chase for Bulls?
Cape Town - The aerial bombardment with which the Bulls halted the Sharks might not be repeated so often against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this weekend.
The men from Pretoria constantly peppered the Durbanites with high kicks in their Super Rugby clash last Friday night, with the Sharks struggling to cope and eventually going down 18-13.
But the Bulls' kicking coach, Vlok Cilliers, told the Beeld
newspaper they decided on that tactic specifically for the Sharks clash.
"The kickers kicked to the right spots and Bjorn Basson
and company applied pressure and contested brilliantly in the air.
"It put the Sharks under immense pressure," said Cilliers.
The Bulls' driving mauls from lineouts were also impeccable against the Sharks and definitely a tactic they'll employ against the Cheetahs.
They also used this aspect of play well in their pre-season victory over the Cheetahs earlier this month. At times during that game they had the Cheetahs on the back foot for more than 60 metres and eventually ran out comfortable 39-16 victors.
The men from Pretoria successfully used the rolling maul 13 times against the Sharks, much more than any other team in week one of Super Rugby. The Blues and the Lions (five each) are second best.